How to Finish a Latch Hook

Updated March 23, 2017

After finishing a latch hook project that you want to use for the decor of your home, you can turn your project into a rug, wall hanging or pillow. These options are easy to complete and use only a few items. Because the canvas backing is a well-defined grid, you know where you're going to place your stitches for each item. You need to have basic sewing skills to make each one of these items, but when you're done you'll have an item of home decor you made yourself.

Trim the extra latch hook canvas from the project once you have finished making the item. Leave three or four empty rows for sewing to the backing fabric.

Measure the latch hook's width and length and add 4 inches to these dimensions. For example, if your project is 10 inches by 10 inches, the backing fabric should be cut to 14 inches by 14 inches. Cut the backing fabric to the correct dimensions.

Fold the edges of your backing fabric to the wrong side by 3/4 inch and pin them securely. Place the right side of your latch hook project on top of the right side of your backing fabric. Using sewing thread and a sewing needle, sew the backing to the latch hook on three sides. Make one stitch for every square of the latch hook canvas. Secure the backing to the latch hook with safety pins if it makes it easier for you to sew the backing on.

Turn the latch hook inside out so the right side is now facing out. Fill it with stuffing, and sew the fourth side shut.

Turn the edges of the latch hook canvas over to the back of your project. Thread the large-eye tapestry needle with yarn and sew the edges to the back using a running stitch.

Push the needle from the bottom to the top of the rug and over three holes for the first stitch of your running stitch. Bring the needle and yarn back down through that hole and up to the top of the rug in the next hole. Continue your running stitch in this way all the way around the rug.

Position the dowel at the top of the rug, turn the canvas over the dowel and secure it in place by sewing the running stitch along the edge of the dowel.


If you want to make a fatter pillow, cut the backing fabric to be bigger than the finished dimensions of your latch hook. Find a backing fabric that either complements or matches the main colour of your latch hook project.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Backing fabric
  • Straight pins
  • Safety pins (optional)
  • Stuffing
  • Thread and yarn
  • Sewing and large-eye tapestry needles
  • Dowel
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Genevieve Van Wyden began writing in 2007. She has written for “Tu Revista Latina” and owns three blogs. She has worked as a CPS social worker, gaining experience in the mental-health system. Van Wyden earned her Bachelor of Arts in journalism from New Mexico State University in 2006.